After rising to prominence as Ryan Shaver in Netflix’s hit series 13 Reasons Why, Tommy Dorfman came out as a trans woman last summer. As the actress continues to remain authentic about her identity and her journey thus far, Dorfman spoke to how starring in 13 Reasons Why actually affected her transition.
When Tommy Dorfman was recently a guest on the podcast Broad Ideas With Rachel Bilson, she spoke to still feeling “so grateful” she booked 13 Reasons Why as her first acting job before additionally appearing in shows like Insatiable, Love, Victor, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars and most recently in Lena Dunham’s new movie, Sharp Stick. At the same time, Dorfman also got honest with these words:
As Dorfman shared on the podcast hosted by The OC’s Rachel Bilson, she didn’t feel like it was the right time to transition while starring in the show out of “fear.” Because her character was male and so much of her work was tied to how Ryan Shaver looked, along with how she was depicted overall to Hollywood, there was some fear about how it would affect her career.
Tommy Dorfman called being in the streaming series, which faced a number of controversies over the years, a time in her life when she felt somewhat “stuck in time” because so much of her focus was on being part of the series. However, once the show ended, Dorfman could finally move on and do new things like the rest of the 13 Reasons Why cast. Her transition brought some feelings of self acceptance she’d never felt before. In her words:
Tommy Dorfman’s story about her journey into womanhood is one of joy to see the actress feeling happy in her own skin after years of feeling out of place. Dorfman has been open prior about suffering from depression, recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction and just being “fucking unhappy” to InStyle last year prior to the changes she made to express the gender identity more true to herself.
Trans actor Elliot Page came out months prior to Tommy Dorfman with The Umbrella Academy series still in full swing. In the case of Page, the Netflix series worked his character’s transition into the series along with receiving a ton of support from his cast, serving as a major stride for trans actors. You can watch all seasons of 13 Reasons Why and the new Umbrella Academy season with a Netflix subscription.
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